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Barcelona OK without Messi?

Bad news hit Camp Nou on Monday, with Barcelona's fears realized: Star Lionel Messi has a hamstring tear, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. This effectively ends a particularly injury-riddled calendar year for the Argentine, whose dominance of the sport has diminished due to those knocks.

Barcelona is well-equipped to handle Messi's absence; Cesc Fabregas and Neymar lead the attack, the club already is through to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, and six points separate La Liga leader Barca from third-place Real Madrid (Atletico Madrid is second, three points back). Still, it's hard to see this not hurting Barcelona a little bit.

How much will Lionel Messi's absence hurt Barcelona?

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    55%
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    39%
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    6%

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  • Which team will win La Liga?

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      62%
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      12%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,576)

  • Which Spanish team will fare best in the UEFA Champions League?

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      9%
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      51%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,824)

  • How will Barcelona fare in the Champions League knockout stage?

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      6%
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      17%
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      33%
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      13%
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      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,525)

  • Is Lionel Messi the best player in the world?

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      71%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,912)

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